Unafraid to be unique, newcomer Brave James blends dreamy alt-pop, maximalist electro production and multi-layered psychedelic vocal harmonies as they whip up a whirlwind of multi-generational influences into a sound that sits right at home in 2022. Those traits both flourish and prosper in their debut album ‘BE BRAVE’.
Born in Australia and now based in London, Brave James’ key music passions are for vocal harmonies and electronics, with The Beach Boys, Take 6, James Blake and Björk among their key influences. They’re the dominant forces in their sumptuous sound clash, which welds ambience, soul and originality into a distinct vision of what pop can be. Brave James merges genres which should be contradictory into a fluid, cohesive whole. The pandemic inspired an epiphany and a new-found focus for their creativity, while lockdown allowed for the time to concentrate on bringing their music to its full potential. Brave James’ lyrics hone in on emotional snapshots: moments of togetherness, life-changing chance meetings, memories which loom large and then disappear, the self-destructive repetition of circular thoughts, and post-relationship insularity. These are all concepts which loom large in the inventive soundscapes of their debut album, BE BRAVE, released via The state51 Conspiracy 17th December 2021.